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Kevin Durant tests positive for coronavirus, has not shown symptoms

Kevin Durant tests positive for coronavirus, has not shown symptoms

Four Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Now, we know who one of them is.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Tuesday that Kevin Durant has tested positive for COVID-19, though he is "feeling fine."

The Warriors were scheduled to host the Nets at Chase Center -- in front of no fans -- last Thursday, but never got the chance as the NBA season was suspended the previous day after two Utah Jazz players tested positive for COVID-19. The Nets then returned to Brooklyn, where they were reportedly tested for the virus by a private company. Results came back Tuesday, after which the Nets put out a press release stating that four players had tested positive.

"Of the four, one player is exhibiting symptoms while three are asymptomatic," the Nets said in the release. "All four players are presently isolated and under the care of team physicians.

"The organization is currently notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players, including recent opponents, and is working closely with state and local health authorities on reporting."

Given that the Nets were in town prior to the season being suspended, one wonders if Durant had an opportunity to meet up with some of his former Golden State teammates before Thursday's game. That's a possibility Warriors coach Steve Kerr hopes never came to pass.

The Kings were scheduled to host Brooklyn last Sunday.

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Warriors general manager Bob Myers told reporters Tuesday that no Golden State players have been tested for the coronavirus yet, as there aren't enough testing kits.

The four Nets players that have tested positive for COVID-19 bring the NBA's total to seven. It would not be shocking whatsoever to see that number significantly grow.

Heat guard Tyler Herro studies Warriors' Klay Thompson to improve shot

Heat guard Tyler Herro studies Warriors' Klay Thompson to improve shot

Klay Thompson's shot is that of near perfection. Steph Curry might be regarded as the greatest shooter in NBA history, but his fellow Splash Brother's form is picturesque. 

Miami Heat rookie Tyler Herro is taking note, too. The shooting guard has taken advantage of his time away from the court before the NBA's restart by watching film on Thompson and other greats.

"Klay Thompson, Ray Allen, CJ McCollum, Steve Nash and Bradley Beal are the guys that’s I’ve watched, just picking different things from each player," Herro recently told reporters, via the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman. 

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Herro, 20, is averaging 12.9 points per game for the Heat while shooting and impressive 39.1 percent from 3-point range. AS a rookie, Thompson shot 41.4 percent from deep and has a career 41.9 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. They don't make many like Klay. 

Miami's young sharpshooter is studying one specific part of Thompson's game, too.

"You know, Klay and Ray, they do the catch-and-shoot very well," Herro said. "So that's the thing that I pay attention to when I'm watching them. But every player that I watch, or the coaches have me watch, I can dissect something new or something different from their game to try to add it to mine."

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Herro and the Heat resume their season Aug. 1 against the Denver Nuggets in Orlando. In just his first season, he has helped the Heat become a contender as a feared outside shooter and will play a big role once the NBA returns. 

Rested, healthy and full of more knowledge from hours watching film, we'll soon be able to see what exactly Herro picked up from Thompson other great shooters.

Eight things Warriors must do to return to NBA championship contention

Eight things Warriors must do to return to NBA championship contention

Until the current NBA season is completed -- if it ever is -- the Warriors will remain the reigning Western Conference champions. Yes, the 15-50 Golden State Warriors.

Obviously, they didn't come anywhere near their recent level of success this season, ending their season with the worst record in the league after making five straight NBA Finals. That said, the Warriors' roster isn't anywhere near the worst in the NBA. Not even close.

Though it would seem like quite a bounce-back, a Golden State resurgence next season isn't out of the question. In fact, for many reasons, you can bank on it. But resurgence isn't what the Warriors are aiming for. They don't simply want to climb out of the cellar.

They want to win championships.

Though they have many of the key ingredients already in place, some vital developments will have to occur in order for the Warriors to get back to title contention. Some will be more easily accomplished than others, and not all of them are in Golden State's control. But if the Warriors do these eight things, they'll give themselves a chance to lift the Larry O'Brien Trophy once again.

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